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The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


UWOFA Voices: ‘A better choice is to get up and do my part, however small that might be’

In a new series, UWOFA members share how they came to be active supporters of their union.

By Ann Bigelow

A lot of people just like me have fought to get me the rights I have today, and in today’s world, we need to be fighting to keep what we’ve already got, not just trying to get more fairness. If generations of workers had not given their time to improve our working conditions; if Rosa Parks had not resisted bus segregation; if the Famous Five had not stood up for the rights of women and children, society would not have progressed. I just want to make a small contribution, and by doing so, I am fighting for what I believe in.

Read Ann's full story here.

Bargaining Bulletin: UWOFA Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Conciliation and Strike Vote for Librarians and Archivists, Vol. 5, No. 7

On the recommendation of your Librarians and Archivists’ negotiation team, the Board of Directors of UWOFA has unanimously approved a formal application for conciliation with the Ministry of Labour.

With the help of UWOFA, Olga Kharytonava travels to Angola to document and save indigenous language

Languages play a crucial role in our daily life, not only as a means of communication but as a repository for our identity, culture, history, and traditions, and yet languages around the world continue to disappear at an astonishing rate. This year UWOFA’s Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund awarded funds to Olga Kharytonava to continue her work with the Kimbundu Research Project ( in Angola.

Practice Safe Research

There may be a time in your career when you are asked to prove that your research is actually your work. Including, the Promotion & Tenure (P&T) Committee that is adjudicating your tenure application may want to know what percentage of an article you contributed or how much work your work study student contributed.

The past, after all, informs the present and helps chart the future.

As the Director of Western’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Public History, Internship Coordinator of the MA Program in Public History, course professor in the Department of History, and Western alumnus, I have over twenty years of experience working with our university’s top-notch Archivists in various capacities. They as a group are among the most essential resources at Western, for their invaluable support to students, faculty, staff and programs, as well as for their delivering critical institutional services and for strengthening the university’s relations with outside communities.